City of Moreland Urban Agriculture Policy Overview
As with many other inner Melbourne municipalities, the City of Moreland has an active and enthusiastic community of backyard and community gardeners. Many groups and individuals have been engaged with the City of Moreland in the development of an urban agriculture strategy over the past two years, but still as of October 2016 no commitment to any strategy has been made by council. The process did however culminate in the development of a draft Food Systems Framework, which has been out for public comment since the start of 2016.
- A sustainable food system that contributes to a more resilient community and a healthier environment
- A just food system that ensures food is socially and economically accessible to everyone in the community, and
- A vibrant food system that protects and nurtures food, culture celebrates diversity and builds community.
Background and Overview
Moreland Council has a number of plans, policies and procedures in areas relating to food and urban agriculture, and is currently in the process of developing a holistic strategy as part of their Urban Agriculture and Food Production Strategy Project 2015 (Seeding Change, 2015). There are a number of community groups, networks and individuals in Moreland involved in a range of work relating to food systems and urban agriculture, that include growing at home, various social enterprise initiatives, community gardens, free food events, food swaps, farmers markets and food festivals. In addition, Moreland Council provides a range of information, links and resources relating to gardening, urban agriculture, water management, sustainable design, waste management, and climate change. (Seeding Change, 2015)
Review of Policies, Plans and Procedures Referencing Urban Agriculture and Related Areas
|Name of Document||Reference to Urban Agriculture and Related Areas|
|Home Harvest Booklet||
(Sustainable Gardening Australia 2012)
|Moreland Genetically Modified (GM) Food Plan||
(Moreland City Council 2012a)
|Moreland Household Survey 2013||
(Jenner & Roberts 2014)
|Moreland Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013 – 2017||
(Moreland City Council 2013)
|Moreland Open Space Strategy 2012 – 2022||
(Moreland City Council 2012d)
|Moreland Nature Strip Beautification Guidelines 2012 – 2022||
(Moreland City Council 2012c)
|Moreland Street Landscaping Strategy 2012 – 2022||
(Moreland City Council 2012b)
|Moreland Waste and Litter Strategy 2014 – 2017
(Moreland City Council 2014c)
|Zero Carbon Evolution – Moreland in 2020
(Moreland City Council 2014d)
Review of Existing or Developing Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Strategies
Moreland Council has addressed issues relating to food growing distribution, health, waste, and management of public open space in a number of its existing strategies and policies, but it has only recently attempted to consolidate these into a comprehensive food policy strategy (Seeding Change, 2015). The Moreland Urban Agriculture and Food Production Framework (2015) has been developed as part of Urban Agriculture and Food Production Strategy Project 2015, and is to be used by Council and the community to better guide, support and implement urban food system initiatives, and ultimately form the basis of an Urban Agriculture and Food Production Strategy for the City of Moreland. The Framework has clear goals, objectives, outcomes and feedback mechanisms integrated throughout, and will be accompanied by an implementation plan that is currently in development. (Seeding Change, 2015).
The Framework is highly integrated into Moreland Council’s broader vision for the future of the community. It supports and consolidates a number of the strategies and actions outlined in existing policy documents as reviewed in section (ii). The Framework appears to be highly integrated into the Moreland City Council Plan (2013 – 17), and makes clear reference and links to The Municipal Health and Wellbeing Act (2008), and The Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (2015-44) (Seeding Change, 2015).
It provides a definition and understanding of food systems that recognizes the interconnectedness of all stages of the food cycle (Seeding Change, 2015). The Framework draws on a broad set of stakeholder perspectives in its development and justification. Recommendations and next steps are offered in three groups, all of which address the short and long term opportunities relating to the commitment to the Framework and future Strategic vision.
|Snapshot & Summary|
|Type: Strategy, Framework, NA||Framework|
|Does the Strategy or Framework integrate existing policy documents that reference urban agriculture and related area?||Yes|
|Does the Strategy or Framework make reference to the Council Plan and appear to be integrated into the achievement of the Plan’s major objectives?||Yes|
|Does the Strategy or Framework make reference to and integrate the objectives of The Municipal Health and Wellbeing Act (2008) into its framework?||Yes|
|Does the Strategy or Framework recognise and address the ecological, economic, environmental, social welfare, cultural, and social benefits of urban agriculture and local food systems?||Yes|
|Does the Strategy or Framework recognise the interconnectedness of urban food systems (from production, processing, distribution, access, consumption, nutrient/waste capturing, and recycling)?||Yes|
|Does the Strategy or Framework have an action or implementation plan, a set of indicators, or feedback mechanisms that will allow it to evaluate its development, achievements, successes, obstacles, barriers and lessons.||Yes, in development|
|Is there an educational component of the Strategy or Framework?||Yes, but not pervasive|
|Is the Strategy being overseen by a dedicated Food Policy Liaison Officer?||No|
For an update on the status of Moreland Council’s commitment to an urban agriculture strategy and framework please visit the Moreland Food Gardens Network website.
- Jenner, D & Roberts, E 2014, Moreland City Council: Household Survey 2013, Market Solutions Local Government Research Group, viewed 3 May 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/mccwr/_assets/main/lib91108/mcc%20household%20survey%202013_research%20report_final.pdf>.
- Moreland City Council 2012a, Genetically Modified (GM) Food Plan Policy, Moreland City Council, viewed May 3 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/mccwr/publications/policies-strategies-plans/moreland-genetically-modified-food-plan.doc>.
- —— 2012b, Moreland Street Landscape Strategy 2012 – 2022, Moreland City Council, viewed 3 May 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/mccwr/publications/d12%20199636%20%20final%20adopted%20moreland%20street%20landscape%20strategy%20aug%202012%20word(2).doc>.
- —— 2012c, Nature strip Beautification Guidelines for general public, Moreland City Council, viewed 3 May 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/mccwr/publications/appendix%204%20nature%20strip%20guidelines.doc>.
- —— 2012d, Open Space Strategy 2012-2022, Moreland City Council, viewed 3 May 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/mccwr/publications/policies-strategies-plans/moss%20pulished%20document%202012-22.pdf>.
- —— 2013, Moreland Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013 – 2017, Moreland City Council, viewed 3 May 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/mccwr/publications/policies-strategies-plans/moreland%20health%20and%20wellbeing%20plan%202013%20-%202017.pdf>
- —— 2014a, Community Food Growing Policy (Draft), Moreland City Council, Melbourne, Victoria.
- —— 2014b, Council Resolution Action Memo: Community Food Growing Policy, Moreland City Council, Melbourne, Victoria
- —— 2014c, Moreland Waste and Litter Strategy 2014 – 2017, Moreland City Council, viewed 3 May 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/mccwr/publications/policies-strategies-plans/waste%20and%20litter%20strategy%202014-2017%20-%20council%20resolved.doc>.
- —— 2014d, Zero Carbon Evolution: Getting on track to a carbon neutral Moreland community, Moreland City Council, viewed 3 May 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/mccwr/publications/policies-strategies-plans/zero%20carbon%20evolution%20final%20version%20for%20web%203%20september%202014.pdf>.
- —— 2015a, City of Moreland profile, viewed 3 May 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/about-moreland/demographics-statistics/profile-moreland.html>.
- —— 2015b, Sustainable Moreland Advisory Group, Moreland City Council, viewed 17 June 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/about-us/your-council/council-and-committee-meetings/advisory-committees/SMAG/>.
- —— 2015c, Urban Agriculture and Food Production Strategy, viewed 17 June 2015, <http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/community-care/advocacy-services/urban-agriculture-and-food-production-strategy/>.
- Sustainable Gardening Australia 2012, Home Harvest: how to grow your own delicious fresh food, Moreland City Council, Moreland, Victoria.
- 2015, Seeding Change: Moreland Food Systems Framework 2015 – Project Report and Recommendations, Moreland City Council, Melbourne, Victoria, http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/globalassets/areas/social-policy/seeding-change-the-moreland-food-system-framework—project-report–recommendations.pdf
- 2015, The Moreland Urban Agriculture and Food Production Framework, Moreland City Council, Melbourne, Victoria.
Henry Crawford, Sustain: The Australian Food Network, 2016.